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There’s something about homologation specials that just feels so right – and Toyota’s have improved a lot over the last 20 years.

To prove the point, Fifth Gear’s Jason Plato took the Toyota GR Yaris out on track against the Celica GT-Four ST205. Built from 1994-1999, the ST205 was the most powerful Celica up to that point.

Made to homologate Toyota’s entry into the World Rally Championship, the ST205 used a 2.0-liter four that made 239 hp and could get all the way up to 152 mph. Its most famous bit, though, as Plato alludes to in the video, is its turbo.

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Or, rather, the race cars’ turbo, which one of the finest pieces of motorsport cheating ever devised. But don’t take my word for it, take Max Mosley, president of the FIA at the time’s word for it.

“It is the most sophisticated and ingenious device either I or the FIA’s technical experts have seen for a long time,” he said. “It was so well made that there was no gap apparent to suggest there was any means of opening it.”

Essentially, Toyota defeated a restrictor device designed to keep air out of the turbocharger. This had the impact of allowing an extra 25% more air into the turbos which allowed 50 more horses to come out of the engine.

But it was also a very well made car, with a very sophisticated suspension for the day. Even today, Plato reports that the handling is excellent. The Celica is a reminder that the ‘90s were a sweet spot for both Toyota and the car industry.

Despite that, it can’t keep up with the brand’s latest homologation special – even if Toyota eventually decided to run an improved version of last year’s car in the 2021 season.

The GR Yaris makes 268 hp from a 1.6-liter engine. Although that’s not an enormous amount more than the Celica’s 239, it is enough to get it to 60 mph more than half a second quicker.

Its advantage is much more apparent on the track. In Fifth Gear testing, the Yaris is seven whole seconds faster than the Celica. Goes to show how much progress has been done in the last 20 years.


With the Ferrari Purosangue expected to arrive as early as 2022, purists will no doubt be doubly dismayed to discover that the “thoroughbred” will, allegedly, usher in a family of SUVs.

That’s according to CAR Magazine, which reports that two new crossovers are in the works in Maranello. Codenamed F244 and F245, the high-riding Ferraris could cash in on the success of models from rival brands like the Lamborghini Urus.

Read Also: Ferrari Admits The Purosangue Will Be Harder To Develop Than The SF90

The report is interesting, because the manufacturer at the leading edge of super-crossovers, Porsche, has only two: the Cayenne and the Macan. Thus, for a company with a significantly smaller annual output like Ferrari to put out three SUVs would be quite unusual.

It seems unlikely that Ferrari would make something so small like the Macan, and a massive BMW X7-size SUV would hardly fit in with the rest of Ferrari’s ethos.

With hybridization becoming more and more required of European automakers, it also seems possible that the Purosangue and any potential followups will use electrified powertrains. For now, though, Ferrari has a turbocharged V8, a big V12, and there’s apparently a V6 hybrid package that should be ready by 2022.

Whatever ends up going under the hood of the Purosangue, it will inevitably be compared to other super-crossovers like the Urus, the Aston Martin DBX, and the Cayenne. That means it will have to compete with beasts that produce 675 hp on the upper end of the scale.

An all-wheel-drive system is also de-rigueur in this class, so Ferrari will use the experience learned from the FF and the GTC4Lusso, as the Purosangue will be tarmac, rather than off-road, oriented. If it does end up going the hybrid route, there’s also the potential to split the drivetrain between the axles.

This is an independent rendering by Daniel Crossman and is in no way related to or endorsed by Ferrari

幾個禮拜前原廠代號W206的新世代《Mercedes-Benz C-Class》才被海外狗仔給捕捉到身上僅剩下些許偽裝的間諜影像,而先前曾被海外狗仔給捕捉到身影的小改款《Mercedes-Benz CLS》日前在德國Nürburgring紐柏林賽道進行測試時又再度被狗仔們給捕捉到最新的間諜影像。

先前約在2020年9月時可能是小改款《Mercedes-Benz CLS》性能旗艦的《Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+》便曾經在AMG總部所在地被海外狗仔給捕捉到間諜影像,而此次現身Nürburgring紐柏林賽道的偽裝原型車從外觀特徵辨別有很高的機會為非Mercedes-AMG的一般版本車型,不過如同先前被捕捉到身影的《Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+》除了在車頭部份進行些許偽裝外,車尾部份幾乎仍維持現行《Mercedes-Benz CLS》樣貌。

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從目前種種跡象顯示,此次《Mercedes-Benz CLS》小改款主要仍將車輛外觀、內裝與科技配備為主要更動範圍,而為了避免與AMG GT 4-Door Coupe正面衝突部份車迷期盼的CLS 63預期仍無望回歸,整體改款規模可能不若今年稍早登場的《Mercedes-Benz E-Class》那般明顯,甚至部份說法直指近期被捕捉到的偽裝車可能只是披上《Mercedes-Benz CLS》外衣的其它新作原型車。

依現行第三代《Mercedes-Benz CLS》在2017年洛杉磯車展首演的時程推測,小改款《Mercedes-Benz CLS》預期將有很高的機會在2021年夏天左右和大家見面,屆時外界有關新車的種種謎團相信也可望獲得解答。

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